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Buying a new desktop computer

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September 18, 2011 11:34:04 AM

I'm in the market for a new computer and one site said the best gaming pc out there at the moment is the cyberpower black pearl see link http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/category/intel_pc/ and I'm wondering if this will be a good computer to play games like Second Life and World of Warcraft on well mainly Second Life I haven't played WOW in ages. Would this be a good pc to buy for my gaming needs and will it be good for my future gaming. Also if someone can please tell me what options I should go for that would be greatly appreciated as I look at the options I have no clue as to what to choose. :)  . The specifications mentioned on the review site said (on the page showing all the computers) Dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 (video card) ; 1544 mhz (core clock) ; 6gb (video memory) ; 71 HD Surround Sound ; Processor (type) Intel Core I7-980x (CPU speed) 3.33ghz ; (cores)6 ; (threads) 12 ; Memory/storage (RAM) 12gb DDR3 (Primary Storage) 80gb SSD (Secondary Storage) 1TB HDD ; Additional features (OS) Windows 7 home premium ; (optical Drive) blu-ray ; (second optical drive) 24X CD/DVD Burner ; USB ports = 10 ; Powers Supply = 1000watt ; Motherboard = MSI X58A-GD45 X58 and it has liquid cooling but on the page for the computer itself (on the review site) it says the following :-
Case: Azza Hurrican 2000 Full Tower Gaming Case with 4 Hot Swappable HDD Cage & (4) 230MM Fans
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-980 3.33 GHz Six Cores 12M Intel Smart Cache LGA1366
Cooling Fan: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
Motherboard: (3-Way SLI Support) MSI X58A-GD45 Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Triple-Channel DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 Audio, eSATA, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III, RAID, IEEE1394a, 3 Gen2 PCIe, 3 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI (All Venom OC Certified)
Memory: 12GB (2GBx6) DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module (Corsair Dominator)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 3GB 16X PCIe Video Card
Video Card 2: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 3GB 16X PCIe Video Card
Multiple Video Card Settings: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
Power Supply Upgrade: 1,000 Watts - Raidmax RX-1000AE 80 Plus Gold Power Supply
Hard Drive: 80 GB Intel 320 2.5 inch SATA Gaming MLC Solid State Disk (Single Hard Drive)
Data Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-B123L 12X BLU-RAY Player & DVDRW Combo
Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
Keyboard: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
Mouse: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
Flash Media Reader/Writer: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
Internal USB Port: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
Service: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT

My budget is $2000 maximimum but prefer around the $1000 mark if possible. I know many say build your own but I just find it too daunting and like having a warranty and such. I have looked into this option but the parts recommended exceeded my budget and the graphics card would be no good I think as it wouldn't work with second life very well. The parts recommended were CPU: Intel core I7 2600k ; Cooler: Cosair H100 ; Motherboard: gigabyte G1.Sniper2 ; RAM: 2 x 4gb G.Skill Ripjaws X F3 - 17000cl9 2133mhz ; Hard drive 1: 4 x OCZ Vertex 3 60gb RAID o ; Hard drive 2: Western Digital Caviar Black 1tb ; Optical Drive: Pioneer DVR -219L DVDRW ; PSU: Silverstone Strider 1200w Gold ; Case: Antec Twelve Hundred V3. I already have a pioneer DVDRW drive that I saved from my last computer which was only bought a few years ago . The Graphics card recommended was a VTX3D AMD Radeon HD 6990 4gb but like I said AMD graphic cards are no good for Second Life.

Second Life minimum and recommended (in italiacs) systems are as such respectively. OP = Windows xp,vista or 7 ; CPU = CPU with SSE2 support, including Intel Pentium 4, Pentium M, Core or Atom, AMD Athlon 64 or later. 1.5 GHz (XP), 2-GHz (Vista) 32-bit (x86) or better ; Computer Memory = 512 MB or more 1 GB or more ; Screen Resolution = 1024x768 pixels or higher ; Graphics Card for vista/ windows 7 = NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better OR ATI Radeon 9500 or better OR Intel 945 chipset NVIDIA Graphics cards 9000 Series: 9600, 9800 200 Series: 275 GTX, 295 GTX ATI Graphics Cards 4000 Series: 4850, 4870, 4890 5000 Series: 5850, 5870, 5970.

So as you can see the graphics card for this computer is not one mentioned by the Second Life system requirements hence the dilemma. As much as I love using a computer and can use one - been on computers since i was 10 or 11 years old (29 years old now) and I did 2 years of computing studies in high school. When it comes to the hardware I have no clue as to what is decent. I'm more of a software person. I recently managed to figure out how to compress the c drive to free up some disk space, so yeah pretty cluey as to how to do stuff on a computer. I have put flat packs together ok and I have once repaired my PS1 but I've never built my own computer. I also once managed to get a friend's dial up net connected and I'd never even used dial up before then as far as I can recall.
September 20, 2011 7:19:34 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Buwish
October 10, 2011 11:39:17 AM

buwish said:
This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Buwish


Um where exactly is it ? I can't find it.
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